Sabah F.C. (Malaysia)

Malaysian football club

Football club
Sabah
Full nameSabah Football Club
Nickname(s)The Rhinos
The Hawk (former)
Tambadau (former)
Founded1950; 72 years ago (1950), as North Borneo Football Association
GroundLikas Stadium
Capacity35,000[1]
OwnerSabah Football Club Sdn Bhd
CEOKhairul Firdaus Akbar Khan
ManagerAhmad Marzuki Nasir
CoachOng Kim Swee
LeagueMalaysia Super League
2021Malaysia Super League, 9th of 12
WebsiteClub website
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Sabah Football Club (Malay: Kelab Bolasepak Sabah) is a football club with ownership by Sabah Football Club Sdn Bhd. The football club competes in Malaysia's football league representing the state of Sabah in Borneo. They currently compete in Malaysia's top division professional football league, the Malaysia Super League. The team's home matches are played at the 35,000 capacity Likas Stadium in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah.

The team won the Malaysia FA Cup in 1995, the Malaysian Premier League (top tier) in 1996, and the Malaysia Premier League (second tier) in 2019. In 1995, the team also advanced to the second round of the Asian Cup Winners' Cup after beating An Giang of V-League by 3–1 on aggregate, subsequently losing to Bellmare Hiratsuka (now Shonan Bellmare) of J-League by an aggregate score of 1–7.

Before being privatised in 2021, the team was one of the 14 Malaysian state teams of the Malaysian football structure before the Malaysian football league demanded all teams competing in the country's top two leagues to be run as or changed to professional clubs by 2021. Throughout the team's existence after the year 1962 and before the year 2021, the team was simply known as Sabah FA or Sabah FA State Football Team and during those years it was a football team that is not run as a professional football club, but rather a team that was funded and run by a Malaysian state football association that relied mostly on state government grants.

How the Sabah FA State Football Team was run was much like all the other Malaysian state football teams competing in the old Malaysian football system before the year 2021 too.

Hence to outsiders who are not familiar with the Malaysian football system or league (before the year 2020), the team was simply known as Sabah FA because it was run by the Sabah Football Association (SaFA). To those who follow Malaysian football on the other hand, the team is simply known as Sabah, even before it was privatised.

History

A photo of the North Borneo football team who were winners of the first edition of Borneo Cup tournament in 1962, just one year before the formation of the Federation of Malaysia in which the team's homeland North Borneo became a part of the country in 1963. The North Borneo territory also changed its name to the Malaysian region of Sabah after the formation of the country and the team followed suit by changing its name to the Sabah FA State Football Team.

From the 1950s until 1963, Sabah competed as North Borneo football team in the Borneo Cup together with Sarawak football team and Brunei national football team.[2] Following the formation of the Federation of Malaysia, the North Borneo Football Association (NBFA) changed its name to Sabah Football Association (Sabah FA). Sabah qualify into the Malaysia Cup for the first time in 1977 and enter the competition in 1978.[3]

Amateur and semi-pro era

A friendly match poster between Sabah Invitation and Manchester United on 10 June 1981 in Likas Stadium, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Manchester United win with 2 goals.[4]

Sabah was a well known team during the Malaysian football amateur and semi-pro era as state team produced many quality players namely the trio of James Wong, Hassan Sani and Peter Rajah.[5][6] These players during their time led Sabah to become one of Malaysian football's most feared teams during the 80's. One fine example was during the 1979 Malaysian League where Sabah started slowly. After a run of 8 matches, they stood with 3 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses but, during the later stages they stepped up a gear or five by winning all their remaining 8 matches with most of them by huge margins, including an incredible 8–0 thrashing of Sarawak, 11–0 hammering of Perak and the 6–1 beating of Terengganu. At the end of the season, Sabah finished as runners-up behind Singapore and became the highest scoring team with 49 goals in 12 games, which is an average of 3 goals per game.[7] In 1991, Sabah striker Matlan Marjan became the first Malaysian to score a double against England in 'A' international matches on 12 June 1991.[8]

Professional era

When professional football was introduced by Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), Sabah also made a reputation of being one of the Malaysian League's most competitive teams. Quality professional players were produced from the ranks during the 1990s, most notably Matlan who helped Sabah finish as runners-up during 1993 and 1994 Malaysia FA Cup, and who at one time was appointed as the national team captain by the then Malaysian national team coach Claude Le Roy. The positive results gained from the beginning of professional era however was cut short by the match fixing scandal that rocked Malaysian football in 1994. The scandal almost destroyed Sabah and Malaysian football in general. Matlan was the one of several players found guilty for being involved in the scandal. As a punishment for their involvement in match fixing, he and the other players were banned for life by FIFA from being involved in football and banished from the state of Sabah by the state government under the Restricted Residence Act.[9] After the scandal, Sabah began its rebuilding process to regain their reputation in Malaysian football. Sabah won their first professional trophy, the Malaysia FA Cup in 1995. In the 1996 season, Sabah won their first league title and went through to the final of the Malaysia Cup for the first time but were beatened by Selangor on penalties. David Rocastle, Sabah reached the final of the 1998 Malaysia FA Cup.[10] With The 2000 season could be considered as Sabah's worst since joining the Malaysian professional league. They were relegated to the second division and could not get past the group stages of the Malaysia Cup. However, Sabah quickly regained its performance in the 2001 season where they finished as runners-up behind Johor FC.[11] In the 2002 season, Sabah lining up players of calibre such as Zainizam Marjan, Khairul Azman Mohamed and foreign striker Josiah Seton, finished third in the league and again managed to get through to the final of Malaysia Cup by beating Selangor Public Bank and Perak. Sabah however finished as runners-up yet again by losing to the same team that beat them in 1996 final, Selangor. This time, Sabah lost by 'golden goal' scored by Mohd Amri Yahyah.[12] In 2003, Sabah again finished third in Liga Premier One. Sabah again reached the final of Malaysia Cup. This time they lost to club-side Selangor MPPJ by 0–3, with hat-trick from Juan Manuel Arostegui.[13]

Early Years in the Malaysian Super League

When the Malaysia Super League (MSL) was introduced in 2004, Sabah struggled to be competitive against other teams in the top league. Sabah only managed to stay in Super League for two seasons as they were relegated to Malaysia Premier League (MPL) for the 2005/06 season. After the relegation to 2nd tier league, Sabah continued to struggle for promotion to get back into the top division. They lost to Pahang in the 2006/07 season play-off for a place in 2007/08 Malaysia Super League.[14]

All local players seasons

After 6 years playing in the 2nd tier MPL, Australian coach Gary Phillips was able to guide Sabah to promotion in 2010 – his first season in charge.[15] After poor results which have affected Sabah's performance in the 2011 league and also the cup, Gary Phillips was replaced by Justin Ganai to save Sabah from relegation zone.[16] Justin improved Sabah performance in 2011 Malaysia Cup where the team reached the quarterfinals. He was retained as head coach for the 2012 MSL season but step down as the league game were 2 games left. Sabah also relegated back to MPL after lose to Kedah in play-off match by which Pahang (was MPL side) won the play-off. Salt was added to the wound as the relegation was followed by them failing to qualify to the group stage of the 2012 Malaysia Cup.

Foreign players returns

Sabah started their 2013 season back in MPL as their main defenders, Sipitang duo Ronny Harun and Mafry Balang left for Borneo rival Sarawak and Bongawan young striker Rozaimi Abdul Rahman was loaned out to Harimau Muda A. 2013 season was led by Northern Irishman, David McCreery and they end up in 5th place but still available for Malaysia Cup play-off by which they lose heavily 0–4 to Negeri Sembilan at Shah Alam Stadium. McCreery left at the end of the season with disappointment. The year 2014 saw a major changes in the team's sponsorship by which local brand Carino was signed as their kit supplier and Ararat Sports plus BSA as their sponsors. During this season, Sabah ex-player and also a legend in 90's, Milomir Šešlija become their head coach replacing McCreery in the hot seat.[17] National striker, Rozaimi and winger/midfielder Maxsius Musa also returned after their loan to Harimau Muda A and Harimau Muda B respectively finished. But to no avail, they finished 8th out of 12 in the MPL, missed the Malaysia Cup group stage for third consecutive seasons and also kicked out from FA Cup in the early stage. This was worse than the 2013 season. Milomir's contract was not renewed at the end of the season.

Just after 2014 season finished, another major changes was made by which George O'Callaghan was signed as their Technical Director and Justin is back as temporary head coach. Sabah FA chief executive officer TC Goh also came as team manager by which he and O'Callaghan makes a big signings. Carino remained as their kit supplier but only for the women team, futsal team, President Cup and U19 team. Adidas, Globaltech, UZMA, Grace One, BSA and Ararat Sports are their current sponsors. Sabah FA successfully signed twice African Player of The Year, El Hadji Diouf and his compatriot Abdoulaye Faye followed by Irish-born Libyan footballer, Éamon Zayed and Singaporean striker Fazrul Nawaz.[18][19][20][21] Fazrul and O'Callaghan were released early in the season few weeks before Malaysia Premier League kick off.[22][23] Fazrul was replaced with Joel Chianese during the mid-season transfer window in April and O'Callaghan was replaced with Brisbane Roar ex-head coach Mike Mulvey in February 2015.[24][25] Both Chianese and Mulvey are Australian. After 3 games working as technical director, Mulvey was appointed as the new head coach while Justin went back to the President Cup team. During this current season, fans began to return and fill the home stadium. But as the seasons passing by, Sabah lose mostly of their matches during the second half of the season. Diouf's dissatisfaction with Sabah FA management plans,[26] along with his dismissal during few of Sabah's matches thus allowing youngster Leopold Alphonso and Rawilson Batuil respectively to skip the team.[27] Promising start of 2015 season end with huge disappointment for the team as they sit at 7th place, missing Malaysia Cup automatic slot and also the play-off. TC Goh, Mulvey and big name players such as Diouf, Zayed, Faye and Chianese plus local golden boy, Rozaimi Abdul Rahman left at the end of the season due to no contract renewal.[28]

Asian & ASEAN player quota introduced

Following much efforts and various reorganisation made on the team, Sabah FA was crowned as the champion of the 2019 Malaysia Premier League for the first time since they last lifted the old first division title back in 1996.[29] Having early secured various imports such as Brazilian Luiz Júnior, South Korean defender Park Tae-soo and Serbian midfielder Luka Milunović in the 1st leg transfer before securing another two important players such as Angolan striker Aguinaldo da Veiga together with Turkmenistan midfielder Ahmet Ataýew in the 2nd leg transfer that was combined with Serbian striker Rodoljub Paunović and various local talents, the team able to won thirteen matches from a total of 19 matches thus qualifying the 2020 Malaysia Super League.[30][31][32]

Malaysian Football League Privatisation Era

Starting from the 2021 season, all clubs competing in the 2021 Malaysia Super League and the Malaysia Premier League, must be privatised as required by the Football Association of Malaysia(FAM) .[33] Sabah Football Club Sdn. Bhd. was formed in order to fulfill the condition in order to compete in the 2021 season of Malaysia Super League. Local Businessman Dato' Verdon Bahanda was official appointed as the chief executive officer(CEO) of Sabah Football Club Sdn. Bhd. on the 12th of November 2020.[34]

Crest and colours

Sabah FA crest

Being a Malaysian state football team competing in the Malaysian football league system before 2021, the team wore kits with the crest of the Sabah Football Association (SaFA) on them, whenever they play any competitive match. In November 2020 and following the privatisation of the club, Sabah FC displayed the club's new official logo on its Facebook page which was chosen following a competition to create the Sabah FC's logo. During the time, Sabah Football Club Sdn Bhd in its statement informed that the logo was created by an individual named Firzaruddin Zainal Abiddin. Apart from fulfilling the design requirements, the logo was chosen in the competition based on the one voted by the most fans as fans at the time get to vote on which logo they like on the team's Facebook page.[35]

Stadiums

Likas Stadium, the home stadium for Sabah F.C.

Likas Stadium is the current home ground for Sabah F.C. Penampang Stadium is occasionally used for afternoon matches, usually when Likas Stadium was renovated or if floodlights require maintenance. Tawau Sports Complex is a regular venue that is only used sometimes for the Malaysia Premier League.

Kit Manufacturers & Main Sponsors

Season Manufacturer Main Sponsor
2004 France Line 7 Dunhill
2005 TM
2005–06 TM Net
2006–07 Celcom, TMnet
2007–08 Celcom
2009 Streamyx
2010 Malaysia Carino TM
2011 Germany Adidas nil
2012
2013 Graceone
2014 Malaysia Carino BSA
2015 Germany Adidas Globaltec
2016 Sabah Energy & Asian Supply Base
2017 Malaysia Carino
2018
2019 nil
2020 nil
2021 Italy Lotto Warisan Harta Sabah & Sabah Net
2022 RedONE

Club culture

Supporters

  • Bola Sepak Sabah
  • Football Fans of Sabah
  • Kelab Penyokong Sabah Rhino
  • North Borneo Ultras (NBU)
  • Sabah Football Fans Club
  • SabahRhinos.com since 1997
  • Tawau City Hoodlum (TCH)
  • The Rhinos Troops
  • Sabah Diehard
  • The Voice of Rhinos#12
  • RedBois City (RBC)

Mascot

Sabah FA first mascot was the Rhino since mid-1990s. In 2010 SAFA rebranded the struggling team mascot to Hawk[36] which was controversial as Kuala Lumpur FA at that time was also known as the Hawks.[37] Sabah FA reinstated its name as the Rhinos starting from 2015.[18] In 2019, Sabah FA once again rebranded as Tambadau.[38]

During 2021 privatization process, Sabah FC was chosen as the new club name and Rhino once again became the official mascot.[39]

Rivalry

Sabah FC neighbouring rival is Sarawak FA with both claiming the title of 'the best in Borneo' and referred to as the Borneo Derby.

Broadcasting

Radio coverage of regular season matches are broadcast on Sabah FM 89.9 in Malay language.

Honours

Titles
Winners
Runners-up
Liga Perdana/Malaysia Super League
Malaysia Premier League
2001, 2010
Malaysia FA Cup
1995
1993, 1994, 1998
Malaysia Cup
1996, 2002, 2003
Malaysian Charity Shield
1996
Borneo Cup (13×)
1962, 1963, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972
1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985
1987

Club records

As of 31 July 2022

Note:

  • Pld = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, F = Goals for, A = Goals against, Pts= Points, Pos = Position

  1st or Champions   2nd or Runner-up   3rd place   Relegation

Season League Cup Asia
Division Pld W D L F A D Pts Pos Charity Malaysia FA Competition Result
1995 Liga Perdana 28 13 5 10 60 45 +15 44 5th Semi-finals Champions Asian Cup Winners' Cup Round of 16
1996 Liga Perdana 28 17 7 4 49 21 +28 58 1st Runner-up Runner-up Quarter-finals
1997 Liga Perdana 28 14 7 7 42 28 +14 49 3rd Group stage 2nd round
1998 Perdana 1 22 8 7 7 22 26 –4 31 5th Semi-finals Runner-up
1999 Perdana 1 18 6 7[a] 5 20 20 +0 29 4th Group stage Semi-finals
2000 Perdana 1 22 4 4 14 22 41 –19 16 11th Group stage 1st round
2001 Perdana 2 22 14 3 5 41 22 +19 45 2nd Group stage Semi-finals
2002 Perdana 1 26 13 8 5 48 30 +18 47 3rd Runner-up Quarter-finals
2003 Perdana 1 24 10 8 6 34 22 +12 38 4th Runner-up Semi-finals
2004 Super League 21 4 5 12 22 35 –13 17 6th Semi-finals Quarter-finals
2005 Super League 21 6 4 11 25 39 –14 22 8th Group stage Quarter-finals
2005–06 Premier League 21 7 7 7 32 31 +1 28 4th Group stage 1st round
2006–07 Premier League 20 6 9 5 26 21 +5 27 5th Semi-finals Quarter-finals
2007–08 Premier League 24 13 5 6 48 27 +21 44 4th Group stage Quarter-finals
2009 Premier League 24 5 7 12 18 31 –13 22 9th Group stage 1st round
2010 Premier League 22 15 3 4 42 14 +28 48 2nd Group stage 1st round
2011 Super League 26 7 7 12 24 32 –8 28 10th Quarter-finals 1st round
2012 Super League 26 7 7 12 33 52 –19 28 13th Not qualified 1st round
2013 Premier League 22 9 3 10 42 46 –4 30 5th Not qualified 2nd round
2014 Premier League 22 6 6 10 21 30 –9 24 7th Not qualified 2nd round
2015 Premier League 22 8 3 11 37 42 –5 27 7th Not qualified 1st round
2016 Premier League 22 5 5 12 26 41 –15 20 9th Not qualified 3rd round
2017 Premier League 22 9 3 10 33 38 –5 30 7th Not qualified Quarter-finals
2018 Premier League 20 7 7 6 35 26 +9 28 6th Semi-finals 2nd round
2019 Premier League 20 13 4 3 33 17 +16 43 1st Group Stage 2nd round
2020 Super League 11 2 3 6 12 24 -12 9 10th - Cancelled Cancelled - -
2021 Super League 22 4 7 11 21 38 -17 19 9th - - Not held - -

Source:[40][41]

  1. ^ Draw were followed by penalty shootouts for an additional point.

Performances in AFC competitions

1995: Round of 16
Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away
1995–96 Asian Cup Winners' Cup First round Vietnam An Giang 3–0 0–1
Second round Japan Bellmare Hiratsuka 1–2 0–5

Squad

Sabah F.C.

As of 31 March 2022.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Malaysia MAS Ramzi Mustakim
2 DF Malaysia MAS Hanafie Tokyo
3 DF Malaysia MAS Rawilson Batuil
4 DF Brazil BRA Jackson de Souza
5 DF Malaysia MAS Gerald Gadit
6 DF South Korea KOR Park Tae-soo
7 MF Malaysia MAS Baddrol Bakhtiar (C)
9 FW Malaysia MAS Farhan Roslan
10 FW Japan JPN Taiki Kagayama
11 MF Malaysia MAS Alto Linus
12 FW Malaysia MAS Thanabalan Nadarajah
13 DF Malaysia MAS Badrul Afendy
14 MF Malaysia MAS Nureikhan Isa
15 DF Malaysia MAS Rizal Ghazali
17 FW Malaysia MAS Amri Yahyah
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 GK Malaysia MAS Khairul Fahmi Che Mat
20 MF Malaysia MAS Gary Steven Robbat
21 DF Malaysia MAS Nazirul Naim
22 MF Malaysia MAS Stuart Wilkin
23 FW Malaysia MAS Naaim Firdaus
27 FW Malaysia MAS Dirga Surdi
28 MF Malaysia MAS Afiq Yunus
29 MF Malaysia MAS Ummareng Bacok
31 GK Malaysia MAS Damien Lim
33 DF Malaysia MAS Dominic Tan
67 FW Indonesia IDN Saddil Ramdani
69 FW Malaysia MAS Sahrizan Saidin
70 FW Guinea-Bissau GNB José Embaló
77 MF Malaysia MAS Irfan Fazail
80 FW Malaysia MAS Azhad Harraz
88 FW Malaysia MAS Maxsius Musa

Transfers and contracts

In

Pre-season

Position Player Transferred From Status
CB Brazil Jackson de Souza Brazil Fortaleza free transfers
CM Malaysia Baddrol Bakhtiar Malaysia Kedah Darul Aman free transfers
RB Malaysia Rizal Ghazali Malaysia Kedah Darul Aman free transfers
GK Malaysia Khairul Fahmi Che Mat Malaysia Melaka United free transfers
SS Japan Taiki Kagayama Finland FC Inter Turku free transfers
LB Malaysia Nazirul Naim Malaysia Perak FC free transfers
GK Malaysia Damien Lim Malaysia Negeri Sembilan FC free transfers
CB Malaysia Badrul Afendy Malaysia Sarawak United FC free transfers
LM Malaysia Tommy Mawat Bada Malaysia Sarawak United FC free transfers
CB Malaysia Dominic Tan Thailand Police Tero F.C. free transfers
LW Malaysia Dirga Surdi Malaysia UiTM free transfers
DM Malaysia Gary Steven Robbat Malaysia JDT II free transfers
CF Malaysia Azhad Harraz Malaysia Project FAM-MSN free transfers
CF Brazil Neto Pessoa Brazil Clube do Remo ?
CM Malaysia Irfan Fazail Malaysia JDT II Loan transfers
AM EnglandMalaysia Stuart Wilkin Malaysia JDT II Loan transfers
GK Malaysia Ramzi Mustakim Malaysia Youth Team Promotion

Mid-season

Position Player Transferred From Ref
CF Guinea-BissauPortugal Jose Embalo Armenia Alashkert Free
AM MalaysiaFarhan Roslan Malaysia Kedah Darul Aman Free

(HIDE)

Out

Pre-season

Position Player Transferred To Status
CF Croatia Josip Ivancic Vietnam Hanoi FC free transfers
GK Malaysia Rendy Rining Malaysia UiTM FC Free transfers
CM Malaysia Syukri Baharun Malaysia Melaka United Free transfers
CM Malaysia Azzizan Nordin Malaysia Penang Free transfers
FW Malaysia Hamran Peter Malaysia Penang Free transfers
RM Malaysia Harith Naem Malaysia Melaka United Free transfers
LB Malaysia Evan Wensley Malaysia Kelantan United F.C. Free transfers
FW Malaysia Ariusdius Jais Malaysia Kelantan United F.C. Free transfers
RB Malaysia Randy Baruh Malaysia Perak Loan transfers
GK Malaysia Joslan Aping Malaysia PDRM Loan transfers

Mid-season

Position Player Transferred To Ref
LWB Malaysia Tommy Mawat Bada Malaysia No club Free

Current coaching staff

Position Name
CEO Malaysia Khairul Firdaus Akbar Khan
Deputy President Malaysia Juil Nuatim

Malaysia Abdul Rahman Mohd Zakaria

Director Of Football Malaysia Datuk Jelani Hamdan
Technical Director Australia Scott Ollerenshaw
Head Scout 1

Malaysia Matlan Marjan

Head Scout 2

Malaysia Rozaimi Abdul Rahman

Manager Malaysia Ahmad Marzuki Nasir
Head Coach South Korea Ong Kim Swee
Asst. Coach

Slovakia Rastislav Božik

GK coach Malaysia Irwan Jamil
Fitness Coach

Slovakia Martin Stano

Team Doctor Malaysia Kiran Kandiah
Physio Malaysia Matlan Basir
Masseur Malaysia Madlin Saman
Masseur Malaysia Bonaventure Michael
Kitman Malaysia Azree Rosli

Development squad

U21 squad

No. Name Nationality Position(s) Date of Birth
Goalkeepers
1 Joslan Aping Malaysia GK 1999
25 Mohd Ramzi Mustakim Malaysia GK 1999
30 Fahmi Ikhwan Muhd Azmi Malaysia GK 2000
Defenders
2 Abdul Rahim Razali Malaysia RB / RWB 1999
3 Gerald Gadit Malaysia CB 16/5/99
5 Mohd Faqrul Idris Malaysia RB / RWB 2000
6 Abdul Hanafie Tokyo Malaysia CB 2000
12 Mohd Izzat Aziz Malaysia LB / CB 2/1/99
13 Fyellonarllye Mcaxora Jappri Malaysia RB / RWB 2000
17 Xsevier Xcico Felex Malaysia CB / DM 5/3/00
23 Muhd Rozaily Akhmad Malaysia CB 2000
Midfielders
8 Muhammad Rusydi Musa Malaysia CM 1999
10 Muhammad Syahryl Aiman Saiddin Malaysia AM / CM 1999
14 Mohd Jasren Abdul Jamel Malaysia DM / CM 2000
15 Mohd Naaim Firdaus Stibin Malaysia RW / LW 1999
16 Leonardo Lisua Malaysia RM / RW 1999
18 Owen Piou Piyau Malaysia CM 2000
20 Erick Odo Malaysia AM / CM 1999
21 Hazrul Ahmad Malaysia CM 2000
22 Nard Cylasto Christopher Malaysia LM / LW 2000
Forwards
7 Sahrizan Saidin Malaysia ST 1999
9 Mohd Hizaz Mohd Lokman Malaysia ST 2000
11 Muhammad Faqhrurazi Ahmad Malaysia ST 1999
19 Ronelson Madus Malaysia ST 2000
24 Eric Junior George Malaysia ST 1999

Current coaching staff

Position Name
U21 Manager Malaysia Juil Nuatim
U21 Head coach Malaysia Jelius Ating
U21 Assistant Coach Malaysia Burhan Ajui
U21 GK coach Malaysia Dante S Tipay
U21 Fitness coach Malaysia Handly Sekukut
U21 Physio Malaysia Halmond Ting Kai Soon
As of 8 March 2020:[42]

U19 squad

No. Name Nationality Position(s) Date of Birth
Goalkeepers
1 Mohd Azlizan Mohd Azlan Malaysia GK 2001
25 Joffy John Malaysia GK 2002
30 Muhammad Azrin Paiting Malaysia GK 1998
Defenders
2 Mohd Faiz Danial Ag Hussin Malaysia RB / RWB 2002
4 Ervin Ebin Malaysia CB 2001
5 Mohd Syahmi Idris Malaysia CB 2002
6 Ritchie Svenson Fred Donny Malaysia CB 2001
12 Dani Adli Saiful Azuan Malaysia LB / LWB 2002
15 Seherry Aladin Malaysia CB 2001
16 Mohd Ferhan Mohd Johar Malaysia RB / RWB 2002
28 Jemslee Cheng Malaysia CB / LB / RB 2001
29 Armind Muhd Nunung Malaysia CB 2002
Midfielders
7 S.A. Radzee Eqmal S.A. Ramli Malaysia RW / RM 2001
8 Rusdi Roslan Malaysia CM 2002
10 Yuseril Yusekil Malaysia AM / CM 2001
11 Rozacklye Yanam Malaysia LW / LM 2002
17 Mohd Nasip Mohd Zain Malaysia LW / LM 2001
18 Mohd Syukri Suaimi Malaysia RM / RW 2002
20 Fadhli Dzil Ikram Rujin Malaysia CM 2002
22 Muhd Shahfiq Isra Yusof Malaysia CM 2001
24 Mohd Zakisadruddin Jumaad Malaysia AM / LW / RW 2002
Forwards
9 Mohd Ezaidi Jurimo Malaysia ST 2002
13 Mohd Nazemizan Naslon Malaysia ST 2001
19 Mohd Syaril Abdullah Malaysia ST 2001
23 Jeckelly Manir Malaysia ST 2002

Current coaching staff

Position Name
U19 Manager Malaysia Abdul Rahman Mohd Zakaria
U19 Head coach Malaysia Johnny Dominicus
U19 Asst. coach Malaysia Bobby Gonzales
U19 GK coach Malaysia Rozaimie Rohim
U19 Fitness coach Malaysia Awang Jasrie Awang Matusin
U19 Physio Malaysia Maxson Michael George

[43]

Managers and coaches

Managers

  • Malaysia Goh Thian Chuan (1999, 2015)
  • Malaysia Osman Jamal (2000–2001)
  • Malaysia Mohd Joehari Mohd Ayub (2004–2005)
  • Malaysia Abdul Rahman Zakaria (2006–2009, 2014)
  • Malaysia Mohd Asyraaf Fong Abdullah (2009)
  • Australia Gary Phillips (2010–2011)
  • Malaysia Shahriman Abdullah (2011–2012)
  • Malaysia Alijus Sipil (2013–2014)
  • Algeria Adlane Messelem (2017)
  • Malaysia Juil Nuatim (2018)
  • Malaysia Peter Anthony (2018-2020)
  • Malaysia Jelius Ating (2020)

Head Coach

Coach history

The following coaches won at least one trophy when in charge of Sabah:

Name Period Trophies
Malaysia Kelly Tham 1995–1996 1995 Malaysia FA Cup
AustraliaEngland Ron Smith 1996–1998 1996 Premier League
Malaysia Jelius Ating 2017–2019 2019 Malaysia Premier League

Former notable players

Notable former players that represented their national team:

Football clubs

Affiliated clubs with Sabah F.C.

Affiliated clubs outside Sabah F.C.

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